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Roger in semis after |five-set thriller

23.01.2013 | Tennis, Starseite 1

A challenging, thrilling, brilliant shot making, cliff hanger of a match that saw our Roger come through 7-6,4-6,7-6,3-6,6-3.  "The whole match was tough. Any set could have gone either way," he said. "You never know what Jo's going to come up with. It was a pleasure to come through.I felt like I played some great tennis but Jo played great tennis too." There were times when Roger was imperious and times when Tsonga’s shot making made our champ look pedestrian. Tsonga had unleashed a series of brilliant shots to level the match at 2 sets all. He made 17 winners to Roger’s 7 in the 4th set to take it in style and set up a thrilling finish. In the end Roger’s experience, but even more his court craft, brought our champ through to a hard earned victory. The match was a stunner with no quarter given on either side – it took Roger 4 match points to close out Tsonga and win the final set 6-3 with a superb overhead smash at the 5th attempt. Our champ had been composure personified in this set and took the decisive break at 2-1 to set up an advantage he did not relinquish. This is Roger’s 10th straight semi-final in the Australian Open in his bid for an 24th Grand Slam final.

Roger has now set up the possibility of an electrifying semi-final match against the Scot Andy Murray – at the moment Murray leads 10-9 in career head to head matches.

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01/23/2013 | 06:22 PM
WOOOOOW!! Congratulation Roger for your victory after such nerve racking match!! Both of you had some incredible shots! Now relax Roger!!! You are an amaizing tennis player and you can totally beat Murray.
Just remember that no mather the time of the day, we will all be cheering for you at that match. [like always ;)
All the best wishes, Maia
01/23/2013 | 06:09 PM
Wow Roger! You are amazing! Congratulations on your spectacular win over JW. I am really looking forward to your match against Murray, who is looking super strong lately. That stadium is going to be fired up - I wish I was there! Good luck!

01/23/2013 | 06:06 PM
OMG Roger .. I had to leave to work when u were broken in the 4th & I was stressing & worrying all morning because of jo's tough game. I finally came to check & found the brilliant result. I cried from happiness, Congrats. and more power to u Champ, but first please do whatever it takes to treat you body right and ease the tension and we're with you in the SF.
luv u till eternity
01/23/2013 | 05:59 PM
Keep it up Champ, just two matches ahead!!!
Yesterday I went to the church and switched on dozens of candles praying for your victory, so please do it for me!!!
Good luck on friday with all my love, Ana
01/23/2013 | 05:51 PM
Dearest Roger:

Congratulations MAESTRO. A masterpiece victory !!!

This is one of the toughest match so far, the maneuverability &
finesse of the 5th set gave you the win - so impressed, simply
memorable, amazed how you compete at this age, just spectacular.
At the interview you are impeccable, humble sportman always speak
with good grace.

Roger, I am extremely eager to see you win the 18th GS and the 5th AO.

Good luck against Murray and "kill" him !!!

Love you forever.
01/23/2013 | 05:43 PM
So glad you won...
Good luck against Murray in the semis.
01/23/2013 | 05:37 PM
Good on you RF...all the best in the semis.You deserve the best!
01/23/2013 | 05:37 PM
Good on you RF...all the best in the semi's.
01/23/2013 | 05:30 PM
Dear Roger
What a nerve-tingling match! Well done for getting through such a tough match against Tsonga who played really well. I was so nervous throughout and had to delay going into work. Thank goodness you managed to win before I really had to leave home. I do hope you get lots of rest before meeting Andy Murray. YOU CAN BEAT HIM - I SAW YOU DO IT IN THE WIMBLEDON FINAL LAST YEAR. You are superior in every respect. COME ON ROGER!!! Always the KING!
01/23/2013 | 05:30 PM
Thanks for an amazing match! Good Luck against Andy! You are better than him, remember that!
Best wishes.